With the popularity of the online shopping, the number of scams and fraudulent activities are also growing. Some complaints that many people make are that buyers are not receiving goods, sellers are not getting payment, buyers receiving product of a lower quality, etc.
These scam activities are done anonymously. So, if you find out that you are a victim of shopping or auction fraud, there is no way that you can return the products and get your money refunded. The most dangerous consequences of this type of activities is that your identity will be stolen and the fraudsters may use it to access your finances. Here’s how to tell whether you are a victim of online shopping scam.
- You’ve bought products online, but they are not arriving on time or not arriving at all.
- The product you received from the online seller doesn’t match the description of the product given online.
- You find a bill in your bank statement regarding a product that you never bought. This indicates that someone has stolen your identity and has accessed your financial information.
- You don’t receive payment for the product you sold to the customer.
If you find yourself in one of the above situations, then you know that you are a victim of online shopping scam. If such case happens then you can report to bodies like ‘Action Fraud’ who deal with the scam issues over the Internet. You should keep all the evidences of the products being bought or sold.
You can contact the store’s website if there is any issue related to transaction. One way to avoid this type of scams is by avoiding to purchase from sellers who have very little or no history of selling. You should pay through only secured money transfer systems like PayPal. You shouldn’t send out any personal information to the seller. You should read all the terms and conditions carefully before buying a product or service online. It is better to use a large online shops (eg Amazon) or affelirovannyh agents.